Introduction | Task | Process | Resources | Evaluation | Conclusion

NC WiseOwl

  • Go to http://www.ncwiseowl.org
  • Click on "Elementary School Zone"
  • The resources below are listed in the left menu bar.
  • To access the resources on NC WiseOwl from home, you must have the password from Mrs. Slater or your teacher.
  • You will need to cite each article/page that you use. Where the citation is created for you within the source, there is a note below under that resource. Otherwise, you will need to create your own citation for the article(s)/page(s) you use within the sources for use on your Words Cited slide. Citation resources are at the bottom of this list.

You may find the same information using each of the following resources, but you never know before you look! It's in your hands how you decide to find the information within the following sources. Here are a couple of ideas you might choose to follow: 1) Pick a resource and try to find as much of the required information as you can using that one source (make sure to keep track of where you find each piece of information!). Once you've exhausted that source, move on. 2) Browse what each source has to offer about your country and then choose the source you feel more comfortable with or that you feel will provide you with the most information. Keep in mind: Check the dates on the articles/pages that the following sources give you based on your searches. When given multiple sources with the same information, use the source with the most current information. Use the sources below for all of your research, though the directions below will take you to information about your country. Use what we've learned in the Media Center to locate information about your biomes within NC WiseOwl. Some web resources are listed below. If you need help locating information within these sources, let Mrs. Slater know! Try your best, though, using the databases in NC WiseOwl and the strategies she has taught you. Happy researching!

Britannica
  • Type in your country's name in the search box and click "Go." OR
  • Under Explore Topics, click on "Geography."
  • Next to "Countries," click on "View subcategories."
  • Next to your continent, click on "View subcategories."
  • Find and click on the name of your country.

    In your notes, write down the citation for each page that you use located at the bottom of the page under "To cite this page." Use MLA style. You will need to include this citation on your Works Cited slide.

Searchasaurus
  • Type in your country's name in the search box and click "Search." OR
  • Click on "People and Places."
  • Click on "Countries."
  • Find and click on the name of your country.

Gale InfoBits
  • Type in your country's name in the search box and click "Search." OR
  • Click on "Geography."
  • Click on "Countries."
  • Find and click on the name of your country.
  • Don't forget to check out the tab "Maps, Flags & Seals!"

    In your notes, write down the citation for each page that you use located at the bottom of the page next to "Source Citation." You will need to include this citation on your Works Cited slide.

InfoTrac Kids
  • Type in your country's name in the search box and click 'Find." You may choose to search "All Sources" or specific ones. If you choose "All Sources," you will be able to view the articles under each type of source (encyclopedia, reference book, periodical, etc) by clicking on "View" next to the type of source.

Kids Search
  • Type in your country's name in the search box and click "Go."
  • Unlike the other sources with both the search box or visual search, if you click on "Geography" here, you will only be narrowing the search you conduct using the text box. Experiment both ways.
  • Once you've conducted your search, you can filter your search results using a handful of options. You might be interested in filtering by "Country Reports," "Photos" and "Maps & Flags." For Famous People, try filtering by "Biographies!"

Jr. Reference
  • Type in your country's name in the search box and click "Search." OR
  • Click on "Geography."
  • Click on "Nations."
  • Find and click on the name of your country.

    In your notes, write down the citation for each page that you use located at the bottom of the page next to "Source Citation." You will need to include this citation on your Works Cited slide.

Lands and Peoples
  • Type in your country's name in the "Find it fast!" box and click "Go." OR
  • Click on "Encyclopedia," "Electronic Atlas" or "Almanac" for other search options. If you've navigated some of the sources above, you should be able to figure out by now how to get to the information you want. One suggestion: Check out the Electronic Atlas for many great informative maps!
  • When using the search box at the top of the page, you have the option to search "Lands and Peoples Onle" or "All Grolier Online." Try both searches to see what you can find!

    In your notes, write down the citation for each page that you use located at the bottom of the page under "How to cite this article." Use MLA style. You will need to include this citation on your Works Cited slide.

[[#Introduction | Task | Process | Resources | Evaluation | Conclusion--Cite your sources!]]Cite your sources!


If the source you used did not provide you with the MLA citation automatically, you will need to generate your own citation. While in NC WiseOwl and on the "Elementary School Zone" page, click on "Citation Maker." Follow the directions. Before you head to Citation Maker, you can also keep track of your sources using the worksheet below. Mrs. Slater will conduct a lesson on creating your Bibliography, but while doing your research, make sure you're keeping track of your sources! (Hint: all of the above sources are online databases.)

You can also use easybib to create your citations, either as you go or at the end of the research process (make sure that you keep track of your sources along the way!). To create along the way, make sure you create a free account so that it will save your work. All you need is an email address and a password you create (you don't have to fill in any of the other fields). You can also log in using a Google, Facebook, Yahoo, AOL or OpenID account.

For help using easybib, check out the tutorials at this website: https://sites.google.com/site/d97librarylink/video-tutorials

[[#Introduction | Task | Process | Resources | Evaluation | Conclusion--Other Sources]]Other Sources






Make sure you cite the information you use from the websites above! Use the same Citation Maker from above, but this time, your source would be Internet: Website. However, Discovery Education gives you the MLA citation. Look under the "Citations" tab when looking at a video.

Internet Searching